South Swell Double Ipa | Surf Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surf Brewery
California, United States
surfbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Beerandraiderfan on 09-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
14.87%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Donkster46
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snaotheus
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2017-05-30
22oz bottle served in a little sampler. I don't see a date right now. My says "NOW MORE DANK!" on it. Given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours clear light golden with a medium head and light carbonation. Smell is mild, but dank. I get maybe a little lemon as well.

Taste is dank -- but with a bit of honeysuckle sweetness, it balances nicely. Strong, very slow bitter aftertaste. This is quite tasty today.

Mouthfeel is very thick, but a little flat. Overall, it's a good beer that could be polished a little bit.

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange appearance, thin 1/3" off white head. Great amounts of funky Nelson aroma, Nelson also seems to be the biggest variation of hop out there, sometimes its great, sometimes it just isnt. Both times I've had this, it smelled great, just as good as Alpine.

Lots of tropical fruit hoppy taste without a ton of bitterness, the caramel notes, while substantial, are not distracting, they help tame the bitterness, heat and Nelson hop somewhat.

Very impressed.

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Photo of markhobbs1
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teraflx
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WindUpBird
2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Lots of malt...not much else going on. Not a terrible beer, but sure not what I expected from the label. Doubt I'll buy it again

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Photo of Nhoelzen
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjmad23
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of herbz0r
1.87/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I don't know what happened to this beer. I just purchased the beer at Costco (as I have many times before) and this batch is very different in a bad way. It's darker in color and I can only smell malt and DIACETYL! I hate to say that I had to dump this beer as I couldn't stand to drink it. I always loved this beer but will not buy this again for a few months to see if they can get this beer fixed. Very disappointed...

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scuttlebutt21
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- 22 oz. bomber poured into Black Tuesday whiskey snifter on 2-Jan-15

Decent citrus juice notes, but overall too malty. It's borderline BW. This is a typical DIPA that's straight up just OK.

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Photo of BigJohnShow
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kborning
2.44/5  rDev -37.4%

Photo of turbotype
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of AleHunter805
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of letsgodrinking
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Jdevoss
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of westcott
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DantheMan75
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JoshuaMason
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: 2013
Appearance: Rich, Translucent Copper verging on amber; Fluffy, off-white head; Fast dissipating; Good Lace; Minimal Carbonation activity.
Smell: Dank; Honey; Grapefruit; Orange Rind; Caramel Malts;
Taste: Light Caramel; Honey; Citrus in back; Short finish… lacks the nice lingering bitterness.
Mouth-feel: Medium Carbonation; Slightly syrupy¬—honey like; medium body
Overall: Really good malt-forward DIPA; Many will enjoy this beer, but it’s a little too syrupy and malty for me. The wonderful aroma is not held up by the taste

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South Swell Double Ipa from Surf Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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